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Forum topic by Sunds posted 02-22-2017 02:48 PM 425 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2017 02:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw hybrid

Its time for me to buy a better tablesaw than the Rigid folding jobsite saw I’ve been using for years.

If I had a good space with a good floor, I’d buy something like a Grizzly 1023 or 690. And while I have the electrical requirements for these, the problem is my workshop is a prefab 12×24 wood “barn” shed with spongy floors that came with the property.

Since I live in the south, I usually set up my portable table saw, mitre saw, and router outside when I’m doing a project and do most of my work outside. The bandsaw and drillpress stay inside. The ideal saw could be rolled out down a short ramp, used, and rolled back in. I can build a mobility base with big wheels for this, but weight is an issue. I can probably finesse 250 – 300 or so lbs easily. Light is better for mobility but obviously works against my desire for a good saw. I don’t want to buy a saw that is only marginally better than the folding direct drive contractor saw I already have.

The Grizzly 715 seems like a good hybrid but may still be too heavy for me to move. The newer 771z is probably a better fit but seems to be a step down from the 715.
I wonder if I should be looking at the Laguna Fusion or Jet ProShop as well. These later two are considered to be overpriced compared to the Griz, but if they meet my needs better I’d be willing to spend the money.

Any thoughts on a best choice?

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#1 posted 02-22-2017 04:05 PM

IF I was you …I would invest into a couple sheets of plywood …for a better floor …then choose your saw ….GOOD LUCK TO YOU :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 04:21 PM

I had the 1023 for over 10 years that saws is a good one, and it would set in your shop fine (not the 7’ rails). Throw a few supports in your spot where its going to be and go for it. A few sheets of ply and build up the floor go for it.

Need power more than fixing the floor. How far away is your panel? Invest in a 100a sub panel out there and….. Go for it.

That TS is the center of the shop.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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